A lot of

Cyril14

New Member
English
Is the phrase "a lot of" for example "a lot of people" singular or plural.

Specifically should we say

There are a lot of people or

There's (there is) a lot of people

The phrase begins with "a" implying the singular.

Thanks
 
  • liliput

    Senior Member
    U.K. English
    It depends. You have to think about whether "a lot of" is replacing "much" or "many", i.e. whether the noun is countable or uncountable:

    There are many/a lot of people.
    There is much/a lot of water.
     
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